Masters of Light

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Presented by The Arts Company at The Arts Company, Nashville TN

Feb 02 - 22
Masters of Light

The Arts Company presents Masters of Light, featuring never-before-shown images from the collection of legendary LIFE Magazine photographer and Nashville native, Ed Clark; including Paris at Night in the mid-1940s in the aftermath of World War II, soldiers leaving for combat from Nashville’s historic Union Station, and Jackie Kennedy renovating The White House during the peak of the Camelot years, along with selected vintage and iconic prints. Other gallery photographers include: Don Dudenbostel—x-ray and wet-collodion prints; and Bill Steber—selected prints from his Mississippi Blues Series.

  • A “First Look” exhibit and preview panel, “Ed Clark, A Mentor for Other Photographers” will be Friday, February 2, 5:30pm-7pm, hosted by Nashville Arts Magazine at The Arts Company.
  • Exhibit Opening during the First Saturday Art Crawl on February 3, 6pm-9pm

Continuing The Arts Company’s interest in exhibiting, supporting, and promoting photography, the headliner for this exhibition is LIFE Legendary Photojournalist Ed Clark (1912-2000), known for his work for The Tennessean in the 1930s and 40s, and as a LIFE Magazine photographer well into the 1960s. The exhibit will feature the first showing of three series showcasing the intimate side of “Paris at Night in 1945,” “Nashville Soldiers Departing Union Station, 1945,” and “Jackie Kennedy Redecorating the White House, 1961.”

Ed Clark’s (1911-2000) career as a professional photographer spanned a period of 60 years, during which time he became an internationally known photojournalist. Born in Nashville, Mr. Clark dropped out of high school to join the Nashville Tennessean as a staff photographer. He had never used a professional camera before… as time passed he became the crack photographer for the Tennessean and his pictures were being widely bought by national and international newspapers and magazines. In 1936, he became a stringer for LIFE magazine. He began freelancing regularly for LIFE, and eighteen months later he joined LIFE’s photographic staff, where he worked for 22 years. During that time, his assignments took him to Beverly Hills, Paris, Moscow, London, and Washington D.C.  Ed Clark’s behind-the-scenes LIFE photography credentials allowed him to enjoy a special look into some of the most significant events happening around the world in the 20th Century. His friend Marty Stuart, a legendary country music icon and a photographer also focused on a history of country music, once remarked, “I’ve been fortunate to work in the presence of some masters in music. Ed Clark is in the same league. His guitar just happened to be a camera. Ed proved that you can get as much soul out of a photograph as Hank Williams did a song.”

In addition, other gallery photographers featured in the exhibit include Bill Steber, renowned for his work in photojournalism as a photographer for The Tennessean and for his ongoing passion for documenting the Mississippi Blues culture; and Don Dudenbostel, whose love for authentic photographic processes and chemistry as well as for the artistry and history reflected in the kinds of prints he produces—including his invention of his own x-ray to create and process some of his prints, not to mention his rare wet-collodion prints, both of which will be included. “For over two decades, The Arts Company has focused on the art of photography,” notes Anne Brown, owner of The Arts Company. “Photography came into its own as an art form in the 20th century — in significant part because of LIFE Magazine photographers; but the interest in the history of the chemistry and techniques of photography continues unabated.”

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Additional time info:

  • A “First Look” exhibit and preview panel, “Ed Clark, A Mentor for Other Photographers” will be Friday, February 2, 5:30pm-7pm, hosted by Nashville Arts Magazine at The Arts Company.
  • Exhibit Opening during the First Saturday Art Crawl on February 3, 6pm-9pm

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.



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